Without ample sweat to regulate their body heat, dogs of all shapes and sizes get hot quickly in the warmer months. High-temperature exposure can lead to your beloved canine experiencing adverse effects, such as dehydration and heatstroke. Older dogs, dogs with thick fur coats, and puppies are all extra susceptible to these issues.
1. Keep Them Hydrated
If you are out in the heat for an extended period of time, you may not have access to fresh water. This is when a travel dog bowl really comes in handy. You can bring an extra-large water bottle for you, and the bowl allows you to capture that water in a space for the dog. This way, you don’t have to swap spit with your pooch, and the water is contained, minimizing the chance that it is spilled or wasted. Make sure the bottle is insulated so the water remains as cool as possible.
2. Plan Outdoor Activities Early
Warmer temperatures often occur in the middle of the day. For this reason, plan to exercise your furry friend outside in the morning or evening. It will be a little bit cooler, but you will still need to take precautions.
3. Check the Pavement
Another negative effect of the blaring summer sun is its ability to warm up the sidewalks. Your dog’s paw pads are extra sensitive. They likely will have no protection against the burning pavement, so always check it with your palm before stepping out with your pooch. If you can’t keep your hand on the ground for more than a few seconds, it’s also likely too hot for your dog. Avoid going out if this is the case. This way, you will prevent any burns and injuries.
4. Don’t Leave Them in the Car
This may seem obvious, but there are still reports of people leaving their dogs in the car. Even if it’s not extremely hot outside, the inside of a car can warm up quickly. This can most notably lead to the death of your pet. However, even if your dog doesn’t expire in this condition, there can still be negative after-effects. Heatstroke can cause severe illness and require treatment.
5. Notice Warning Signs
You know now that high temperatures can cause adverse effects for your dog. There are breeds and factors that make certain dogs more susceptible, but all dogs should be monitored closely in the heat. Signs of illness brought on by overheating in dogs include:
- Excessive panting
- Trouble breathing
- Dry, hot nose
- Thick, sticky drool
- Discolored gums
- Absence of urination
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and clumsiness
- Tremors and rapid heartbeat
If you notice any of the above signs, it’s best to try to remediate the situation immediately. Be aware of your dog’s medical history and have any applicable medications or emergency contacts on standby. You can always call your local vet to assess the situation, taking them in if symptoms worsen.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember all of the signs and tips above, and stay vigilant during the hotter times of the year. Your furry friend will thank you with happy, wet, cool kisses.
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